A wonderful sterling silver and enamel Art Nouveau style dragonfly pendant necklace accented with Lapis Lazuli beads and teardrop pendant.
This lovely piece of vintage jewelry, depicts a sterling silver dragonfly with beautifully enamelled blue wings with green accents. At its heart is a women draped in material with her arms behind her head with these large wings opening behind her. It is full of movement with a lovely delicate design which is wonderfully sensual. At the base hangs a lapis Lazuli teardrop and the sterling silver necklace is accented with two Lapis beads.
The necklace measures 18 1/2 inches in length excluding the pendant which measures a whopping 4 inches in length x 3 1/4 inches at its widest point. The necklace is secured with a spring clasp.
Sold in good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear and tear
This is a bold necklace, a lovely necklace for women that like statement pieces.
The term “Art Nouveau” originated in 1895, when an art gallery in Paris began featuring a new kind of art, “L’Art Nouveau.” The period was relatively brief, spanning less than twenty years, roughly from 1895-1910, but is nonetheless a significant time in the history of jewelry design.
The style of Art Nouveau jewelry takes from a number of different influences. One can be traced back to a group of artists during the mid-1800s that, in reaction to Europe’s preoccupation with botany, took inspiration for their designs from nature and advocated a literal approach to art. Motifs such as orchids, irises, water lilies and trailing vines became common in jewelry produced in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Also important to the Art Nouveau period was the British Arts and Crafts movement during the 1880’s, which championed expert hand-craftsmanship and individual design in opposition to the increased mechanisation and standardisation of goods taking place during the Industrial Revolution. Impressionism was also largely influential during the Art Nouveau period, encouraging artists to focus on conveying nature in a sensual and emotionally charged way, as opposed to merely creating a literal interpretation of a flower or animal. But most influential to the Art Nouveau movement was “Japonisme,“ the European fascination with Japanese art and design that first developed in the 1860s following the International Exhibition of 1862. It became a pervading theme in Art Nouveau jewelry in the form of brightly colored enamel, asymmetry and simple, yet elegant motifs.
Insects were a popular motif in Art Nouveau jewelry, especially the butterfly and dragonfly. Snakes, symbolising life and sexuality also were popular in Art Nouveau jewelry. Birds, in the form of peacocks and swans, were also frequently used, as were landscapes, the female face and body, and mythical creatures such as mermaids, chimeras and dragons. More traditional styles were abandoned in favor of asymmetrical designs and the trademark “whiplash,” free-flowing curve often associated with Art Nouveau designs.